Archive for April, 2011

between the potatoes and parsley

Posted in Blog with tags , on April 27, 2011 by magicanddreams


Some more ‘euphoric nihilism’ : )

It’s there in the resigned I’ve-had-enough-of-it-all-tone.

It’s there in the way the strings erupt gloriously upwards, mixed much too loud.

(not sure if it’s there in the saxophone solo – but then again I have a real problem with saxophones (don’t ask))

I find a strain of delicious ambiguity in everything in this song – are they telling him something he doesn’t know, or he doesn’t know if they are telling him something?
Planting yourself in the garden – also like burying yourself (lasting relations with a maggot indeed).

I used to enjoy playing this at 5am at that point in the party where everyone has stopped drinking champagne from mugs and dancing on the table and is instead beginning to slump, aiming for a comfort zone of some kind. Noone else enjoyed it of course, just me.

I don’t know too much about Bill Fay, I only picked up on him when the self titled 1970 album this is from was rediscovered reissued and mojo-fied a few years back. I couldn’t get into it apart from this track. “Garden Song” is just too huge and awesome and mysterious – there is no room for any more Bill Fay in my brain.


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free Bass Clef track

Posted in Bass Clef with tags , on April 26, 2011 by magicanddreams

You can now download for free ‘memory scars’. right here:

happy three day week my friends


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“elsewhere is a negative mirror”

Posted in Blog with tags , , on April 25, 2011 by magicanddreams

I’ve wasted many a happy hour trying to imagine how on earth I could replicate the ‘Calvino effect’ in music (and I’m still trying). One time I thought about making an album where each track segues into the next after only an intro and a first verse (to mirror “If on a winter’s night a traveller” and it’s wondrous ‘book within a book within a book within a book’ times 100 mechanism) but I simply haven’t the songwriting chops to carry it off.

Trapdoors, that’s what it is. As a verb.

You’re getting used to the ‘world’ of a book, but then he trapdoors you into some previously unsuspected viewpoint. And when you’re getting used to that view, he trapdoors you again, down into another one. And so on.

“Invisible Cities” is a tour de force, a display that is so elegantly crafted and graceful it becomes almost brutal. There’s not a single wasted sentence in the thing – you could read it in a day but spend years thinking about it.

Ostensibly it’s presented as a series of recollections or reports by Marco Polo, to the chinese ruler Kublai Khan, about the cities of his empire that Polo has visited. But for me it’s like the best dreams you ever had compiled. It plays wonderfully with the idea of memory, as something that may seem solid and factful, but is much more transient and as hard to pin down as a cloud of smoke.

(I don’t know why it also reminds me of the nightmarish beauty of Gaudi’s upside down flourbag models for the Sagrada Familia)

Also it reminds me of a strange feeling I sometimes get wandering around a new-to-me city. I used to notice differences, but now I more often notice resemblances – I imagine one huge endless metropolis where a street from one city leads into an avenue from a different city.

The old town from one capital edges up on the park from another.
Bridges from X cross rivers from Y, which lead to the canals of Z…

(It’s a nice feeling by the way)

Anyways I could quote sentence after sentence, but instead read some

then go and get it if you’re into it. Or borrow it from the library


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Easter Treat – An Evening With Werner Herzog

Posted in Blog with tags on April 21, 2011 by magicanddreams


We’re MAD about Werner here at MAGIC + DREAMS.

Here’s a special treat for the beautiful long Easter weekend – a TWO HOUR audience with the master.




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inner space influences

Posted in Blog, Mixes with tags , , on April 20, 2011 by magicanddreams

No ‘Magic’s song of the week’ this week, instead an entire mix of them here on the very wonderful Spannered website (there’s a whole bunch of great mixes on there too actually).

My mix includes plenty of Altern 8, as well as some acid, hardcore and pop / rave tunes that I adore, and that were some of the inspirations for “inner space break free”.


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colder days, in the

Posted in Coseph Jonrad with tags , on April 18, 2011 by magicanddreams


Refried sunset, Coseph style.

The original track (from 1989) was a gentle satire on liberal politics, believe it or not. How times have changed.


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Synth Sunday

Posted in Blog with tags , , on April 17, 2011 by magicanddreams


Thou shalt synth on a Sunday…




Keith Fullerton Whitman | Pyramid Atlantic from zak forrest on Vimeo.




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a list of potential bandnames

Posted in Blog with tags , , on April 17, 2011 by magicanddreams

bella luna

In honour of monday’s full moon, I would like to offer out this list of potential killer band or album names, to any nomenclature hunters.

My list of top lunar destinations would surely include The Sea of the Edge, The Ocean of Storms, The Lake of Hatred and The Bay Of Roughness (and oh! poor no-longer-recognised Sea Of Dreams…)

You can’t have The Marsh Of Decay though, that’s mine.

Picture borrowed from my bestest best daily click: NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day


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(from a hillside doing a wolf howl)


Posted in Bass Clef with tags , , on April 15, 2011 by magicanddreams

Great review in today’s Metro courtesy of the super lovely Arwa Haider!

You can order the album directly from us for £5 + postage,

just mail:  magicanddreamsmusic (AT)

Or for more information just visit our Releases page

You can also download for free the first track “I think you are ready now for the eternal point of no return”:

Full text of the review below:


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MAGIC + DREAMS – One Small Step (USSR Remix)

Posted in Blog with tags , on April 13, 2011 by magicanddreams


Speaking of Cosmonauts…..



Best enjoyed whilst listening to Some Truths’ ‘the first gate of dreaming’ album… on cassette including download, available now from MAGIC + DREAMS. OK, plug over. Hehe.


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